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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in April 2020 at 8.9% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Nebraska 1.8% -0.1 -1.6
Omaha 2.1% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in April 2020 at 44,374. There are now 34,001 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 10,373 -423 -7,585

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 1.8% 2.1% 10,373
October
2021
4.6% 1.9% 2.2% 10,796
September
2021
4.7% 2.0% 2.3% 11,100
August
2021
5.2% 2.2% 2.4% 11,508
July
2021
5.4% 2.3% 2.4% 11,515
June
2021
5.9% 2.5% 3.0% 14,401
May
2021
5.8% 2.6% 3.0% 14,597
April
2021
6.0% 2.8% 3.1% 15,002
March
2021
6.0% 2.9% 3.2% 15,542
February
2021
6.2% 3.1% 3.3% 16,045
January
2021
6.4% 3.2% 3.4% 16,470

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.